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  1. 1. ==== ====All Kinds of High Quality Kites and other great stuff you find here : ====Power kites and traction kites have only been around since the 1970s. Thats not a long timecompared to some other categories of kite, such as Chinese kites or Box kites. However, quite abit of traction kite development has taken place, so its interesting to see just how far this kind ofheavy-pulling kite has come. Its use in a wide range of sports has exploded since the turn of themillennium!1970sA very significant early power kite was the Flexifoil. Way back in the 70s, it was a 2-line design byRay Merry and Andrew Jones who worked in England. Flexifoil is now the name of a kitingcompany.1980sAn improved foil design called the Sparless Stunter was being sold, by the late 80s. Designed byTed Dougherty, it had 6 cells and a square outline. However, it was soon overshadowed by evenmore advanced kites...1990sTed Dougherty also designed the Quadrifoil, which appeared soon after the Sparless Stunter. TheQuadrifoil traction kite was one of the very first 4-liners in the history of power kites. Rectangular inoutline, it was first seen in competition in 1990. This name became a brand, and many laterversions of the original Quadrifoil were sold as the Competition C1 and C3. There was also aQ2000 range and lastly a Competition X range of Quadrifoil kites. All these later kites were roughlyelliptical in outline, and werent actually designed by Ted Dougherty.While all this was happening, a kite designer from New Zealand called Peter Lynn was just asbusy. Peter came out with the 2-line Peel kite in 1991. Being made in fairly large sizes, right up to10 square meters (1080 square feet), the Peel was most often used for traction. Unlike most kitesused for traction, the Peter Lynn designs are not parafoils. People were still buying the Peel kite inthe late 90s.Another kite which was sold in the mid 90s was the QuadTrac, again by Ted Dougherty. A 4-liner,construction and sales were handled by a company called Skynasaur. The kites themselves wereoften referred to as Skynasaurs.Later in the 90s, one of the original designers of the Flexifoil kite continued his success with arange of 4-liners called Skytiger. Sticking with the rectangular outline like the Flexifoil, the Skytiger
  2. 2. kites were reliable and stable traction kites. The original range was eventually followed by the Hiseries. The new kites were designed to pull even harder, for a given sail area.Some designers were developing traction kites for pure speed. These were a bit trickier to flythough! A good example of this was the Predator, by Peter Mirkovic of Sky Kites. In the late 90s,this was the most successful design in the U.K., being used a lot in buggy races.2000sProbably the most interesting development in the new millennium was how paraglidermanufacturers entered the traction kite market! In particular, a well-known French company calledOzone. This company has built paragliders since the early days of the sport so its no surprise thatthe kites they produce are very high quality.Another development was the introduction of depowerable designs that flew on all 4 lines, withsmoothly adjustable pulling power during flight. Earlier designs without this feature flew on just 2lines, with the remaining 2 lines being used for steering and a limited amount of depowering.Power kites have become more specialized in recent years. Take for example, 3 kites from Ozonethat were available in 2007. The Ozone Fury is entry level meaning nice and stable for new kiteflyers. The Yakusa is designed specifically for buggy racing. Another design, the Access, is soldas an all-rounder although it was originally designed for snow kiting. With its extra line, it can bede-powered instantly in an emergency. For example, if you are hit with an unusually strong gust ofwind.Hope you enjoyed this short history of power kites. How much further can designers push thelimits of lightness, strength and super-accurate construction? Weve seen relaunchable kites,depowerable kites, the 5th line, so what might be the next big thing?Tim Parish and his family are rediscovering the joys of kite flying. They blog their kiting fun on website, and also research the kiting world. This site will introduce you to manykinds of kites and kite flying activities, including power kites and traction kites of course!Article Source: ====
  3. 3. All Kinds of High Quality Kites and other great stuff you find here : ====